“” Policies for the fundraising program

Professional Fundraising Certificate Program


Academic Expectations and Grade Requirements

Boston University’s Center for Professional Education (CPE) offers only non-credit, non-degree programs. Boston University expects students to approach their coursework and studies with the same level of professionalism and integrity that each program’s industry demands. Students must also meet the academic demands necessary to appropriately recognize each student for their own original work.  There are decisions made within CPE’s academic setting that will be similar to those made within the professional environment where the knowledge gained from the coursework will be applied. Our instructors, likewise, adhere to a high professional standard to evaluate each student’s coursework and performance within the context of the course and the industry with the intent of providing a supportive and just learning environment.

All courses are academically rigorous with grading standards that must be met to earn a certificate from Boston University. Students are required to earn a minimum grade of C (2.0 or 73) in each component of a course or program and an overall course or program minimum grade of B- (2.7 or 80).

Students must complete all coursework within the time-period for which they are enrolled. At the end of the course or program, students will receive a composite letter grade on a grade report. The composite grade will only be on the grade report and transcript. We do not archive any of the assignment grades.

Office of Disability & Access Services (DAS)

The Office of Disability & Access Services (DAS) is available to students who may need academic accommodations to be successful. Click here for additional information.


All Boston University CPE programs are non-credit, and we issue unofficial transcripts. To obtain an unofficial transcript, please email CPE (cpe@bu.edu) with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Program and dates attended
  • Number of unofficial transcript copies requested
  • Address where you would like the transcript(s) sent

Please note that due to privacy laws, we cannot email or fax transcripts.


The Boston University certificate will be mailed two-three weeks after the successful completion of each session.  The CFRE continuing education point tracker will be sent with the certificate.

Withdrawal Policy, Transfers and Fees

  • Students who drop before the course starts will receive a full refund less $300 non-refundable cancellation fee.
  • Students who drop after the start of course through the eighth day of class will receive a 50% refund, less a $300 non-refundable cancellation fee.
  • Students who withdraw after the eighth day will not be eligible for a refund. Credit card payment refunds must be credited to the same credit card. You will not be issued a transcript when withdrawing a class or program.
  • Please note that ceasing to log into the online program, or notifying your instructor that you are withdrawing, does not constitute an official withdrawal.
  • A “W” grade will be noted for withdrawing from the course(s) after the 8th class date.
  • Students may be eligible for a one-time transfer if they meet the following requirements;
    • Request to transfer from the course is made within eight (8) business/academic days of the start date
    • Only one transfer is permitted per student, and the student must transfer to another term within one year
    • A $300 transfer fee will be assessed

To learn more about withdrawals or transfers please contact our enrollment advisors at BostonUniversity@mindmax.net

State Authorization & Distance Education

Boston University participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which allows the university to offer distance education programs in other SARA member states.

Request Information

To learn more, contact an Enrollment Advisor at 617-502-8822 or complete the form below.

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